KMF (Precision Sheet Metal) played host to Staffordshire County Council's Deputy Leader Ben Adams when he paid a visit to the company's Newcastle-under-Lyme sheet metal manufacturing factory to learn about its innovative apprentice training programme.
KMF, which employs 350 people, including 20 apprentices has invested heavily in its training of apprentices and other employees, and the apprenticeship scheme it operates has won praise from Government ministers, local government officers and schools.
Councillor Adams is the latest to be impressed by the facilities on offer to these young engineers of the future. After spending an afternoon learning about KMF's extensive and modern manufacturing facility and its apprentice training scheme.
He said: "KMF is a really innovative engineering company and a great example of an employer growing its own talent through the apprenticeship route. I was hugely impressed with the culture of the business and the approach taken to recruiting and training their apprentices. The company has invested time and money in its training programme and it is paying real dividends."
He was also impressed by the fact that KMF's trainees have significant opportunities when they finish their apprenticeship, with some moving into senior management positions, an example being Stefan Rduch, an ex-apprentice who now manages the company's £multi-million Advanced Solutions facility.
"People such as Stefan are all the encouragement we need to continue to invest in apprentice training. By bringing it all in-house and making use of our purpose-built training centre we are able to tailor training to our business needs, our teaching groups are small ensuring each apprentice excels in every aspect and the industry we work in is heavily influenced by evolving technology that no other training provider could keep pace with," said Gareth Higgins, KMF's Managing Director.
Mr Adams added: "Apprenticeships are vital for Staffordshire's growth and prosperity and provide an ideal route for businesses to develop fresh talent. I am delighted with the work that KMF and many of our local employers are doing across the county with almost 14,000 apprenticeships now in place. Skills shortages and recruitment difficulties are a big threat to business success these days, but apprenticeships can help in making sure employees have the practical skills and qualifications organisations need to thrive now and into the future."
KMF is holding its annual Open Day on Tuesday 12th, March 12pm to 8pm. If you are leaving school this summer and are interested to find out more, please contact Jenny Conlon or email firstname.lastname@example.org.